The future of Micah Richards is certainly a major talking point this summer with the Manchester City defender being linked with Arsenal, Liverpool and Inter Milan in recent weeks; with one of those teams reportedly making a breakthrough in his pursuit this week.
Italian agent Dario Canovi has been speaking to Mediaset Premium about the future of the England international:
“It is true that Inter are tracking Richards and have had talks with agent Alexander Livac, who I collaborate with, even if there’s a long way to go. I wouldn’t be able to say whether a loan deal is to be excluded. In any case, Inter and Manchester City have an excellent rapport. The Napoli talent scouts last year were convinced Richards was the right man for Walter Mazzarri’s football.”
Canovi is not Richards’ agent of course but this is still an interesting announcement.
But the bit that truly caught my attention was at the end of his quotation; Richards being perfect for Mazzarri.
Walter Mazzarri has taken over from Andrea Stramaccioni at the San Siro after Inter suffered their worst ever campaign in over a decade; and the hope is the former Napoli gaffer will be able to turn around the fortunes of this flailing giant.
Mazzarri is however famous for playing one formation; a formation that sees three men at the back.
At the moment Inter have the likes of Andrea Ranocchia, Juan and Hugo Campagnaro available to them next season; but they could certainly do with an extra addition to supplement the ageing legs of Christian Chivu and Walter Samuel.
Richards is perfect for a three-man backline. With his experience as both an attacking right-back and a central defender making him a great option on the right hand side of a backline trio.
But doesn’t Richards have a bug to bear with the whole three at the back idea?
After defeat to Ajax in October 2012 he criticised the formation being used by former City boss Roberto Mancini:
"The players just want to play. It's a hard system because we're not used to it but I think the players prefer a 4-4-2 but he's the manager and we do what he says."
So would he really consider moving to a team managed by a man who treats the formation as gospel?
Do you think Richards would join Inter Milan?
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